New Features

Annotations in Assignments

Instructors can now annotate student work directly within the Assignments tool using the Annotation toolbar. The Annotation toolbar will appear at the top of the page when you view a submission.  Annotations allow you to markup student work and provide detailed comments online. Features of the Annotation tool include highlighting, striking through, and underlining. You can also highlight and comment on a specific portion of an online submission or draw free hand on the assignment.

Previously, instructors had to run papers through TurnItIn and use TurnItIn’s GradeMark to annotate papers online. GradeMark and TurnItIn are still available but are no longer necessary for annotation.

This feature is now available and is automatically turned on for your course.

Annotation Tool Sample
Figure: An example of the Annotation tool in use.

For more information on grading Assignments with the Annotation tool, please see the video created by D2L below.

 


HTML Templates for Content

To make content creation as easy and fast as possible, the Office of Information Technology has created several new HTML Templates to use when creating Content web pages in D2L. These templates are accessible and responsive across a variety of device (e.g., computers, tablets, phones). The new templates include: 

  • Instructor Info Template – For introducing yourself to your students. Includes space for an image, contact information, your education, and any other information you may want to add
  • Image Template (Right) -  For including an image on the right side of the page
  • Image Template (Left) – For including an image on the left side of the page
  • Icon Template – For adding a small icon to the left of the written content

These new templates join the two previously available HTML templates:

  • General Template – Blank except for a consistently styled header and footer.
  • Weekly Overview Template – For setting up your weekly overviews. Includes sections for the week’s summary, learning objectives, assignments and activities, and readings.

 

These templates are now available in your courses. To use a template, follow these steps:

  1. From the “Content” area, click the blue Upload / Create button. Then, select Create a File from the dropdown. This will open a new page.
Creating a new HTML File
Figure: Creating a new HTML file
  1. Enter a title for your new file. Then, click the Select a Document Template  button and select your desired template from the dropdown.
Selecting a template from the dropdown
Figure: Selecting a template from the dropdown menu
  1. Once the template is added to the content box, fill in the template with your content. Then, click Publish to make the content available to your students. Alternatively, click Save as Draft to save the content without making it available to your students.
A template applied to the new HTML file
Figure: A template applied to the HTML file

 


New Quiz Builder Experience

A new Quiz Builder experience is now available in D2L. The new interface allows instructors to create, add, edit, delete, and reorder questions more quickly and easily.  Instructors can also adjust point values, set questions to mandatory or bonus, shuffle questions, and create sections/question pools all within the same interface.

The new Quiz Builder Experience
Figure: The new Quiz Building Experience.

The New Quiz Builder Experience is available now. Instructors can opt in or out of the new experience at any time. To access the new experience, use the following instructions.

  1. Go to the Quizzes tool and either create a new quiz or edit an existing quiz. Once in the quiz, click the Add/Edit Questions button. This will take you to a new page.
The Quiz Properties page
Figure: The Quiz Properties page
  1. You are now in the new Quiz Building Experience.  If you ever need to opt-in or opt-out of the new Quiz Building Experience, click the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the page.
The New Quiz Building Experience without questions
Figure: The new Quiz Building Experience without questions

 

  1. When you open the dropdown menu, you can elect to either keep the new experience on (Leave it on) or turn it off (Turn it off). If you turn it off, you will be prompted to give a reason for why you are turning it off. D2L will use this information to improve the experience.
The screen to opt-out of the new Quiz Building Experience
Figure: The screen to opt-out of the new Quiz Building Experience